Jim Reaker comes to Batavia in 2020 after coaching softball at New Richmond for 15 years for two stints (1989-1996, 2013-2019). He led the Lions to their first program sectional championship (1991) and first SBAAC championship (1994) and was named SBAAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1994. In 2016 he led his team to a school record tying 18 win season. He retired from the education field in 2014 after 30 years as a teacher and counselor at New Richmond High School. In his seventeen year absence as head of the fast pitch program he spent time coaching his sons in baseball and football.
Reaker also has coached middle school and freshman football (1984-1990, 2015) and JV baseball (1985-1987) for New Richmond High School. He also was a volunteer radio announcer for NRHS sports broadcasts and does weekly podcasts on Xavier University basketball for the Grueling Truth Network since his retirement.
Reaker is a native of Plymouth, Indiana and graduated from LaVille High School (Lakeville, Indiana) in 1980. He earned six varsity letters (3 football and 3 baseball) at LaVille, while earning all-conference honors in both sports. He received his B.S. degree in secondary social studies education from Ball State University in 1984 and his masters of education degree in school counseling from Xavier University in 1988.
He and his wife Michele, a retired special education teacher, have two sons. Tyler is a graduate assistant at Marquette University while he works on his masters degree in engineering and Austin, who recently earned his masters degree in education from the University of Notre Dame is currently teaching at St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile.